6 February 2013

Rwanda: Church Joins Anti-Drugs Campaign

Nyarugenge district authorities have partnered with various churches in the district to fight drug abuse.

The stakeholders in collaboration with the general public on Sunday met at Nyamirambo stadium to devise ways of effectively implementing the campaign.

Innocent Nzeyimana, the head of the Religious Drug Abuse Prevention team in the district, said churches will engage in fighting and controlling drug abuse through organising various functions to sensitise the public against the habit.

"As religious leaders, we are committed to working with local authorities in controlling drug abuse given the number of believers we meet. I am sure the people will also carry the message across," Nzeyimana (inset) said.

He called on church leaders to educate the youth about the dangers of drug abuse.

"As we preach the word of God, it is equally important that we consider helping the population to get out of the dangers affecting them," he said.

Solange Mukasoni, the district mayor, commended religious leaders for the support and called upon the public to cooperate in making sure it succeeds.

Similar campaigns have in the past been launched to fight drug abuse not only in communities and in schools.

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